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March 31, 2010

Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 31, 2010

In the Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights several new comics and graphic novels released this week.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper


Classic Pin-up Art of Jack Cole
by Jack Cole / Alex Chun (editor)

After creating the oddball superhero character Plastic Man, Jack Cole became Playboy Magazine's star cartoonist of the 1950s (until his untimely death at age 43). This is a new softcover edition of the out-of-print hardcover that beautifully shows off Cole's master of the feminine form - in gag strip format.


The Complete Ouija Interviews
by Sarah Becan

For several years, Sarah's brother Jeff lived on Nantucket Island. Over that time, he conducted Ouija Board interviews with “the dead.” Sarah then took those interviews and beautifully illustrated them and released it as a series of mini-comics. This book collects those minis, plus some new material. Utterly charming.


The Country And Western Alphabet Book
by Paul McNeil / Barry Divola

From the same people who brought us M Is For Metal and Never Mind Your P's And Q's comes this kids' alphabet book that serves as the prefect primer for country music fans. And when I say "country" music, I mean REAL country music - Willie, Johnny, Loretta, Hank, Gram, Patsy, Dolly, Willie, etc. There's no Taylor Swift here (although there's a pretty funny Hanna Montana reference).


High Soft Lisp (A Love And Rockets Book)
by Gilbert Hernandez

Penny Century: Locas Volume 4
by Jaime Hernandez


This week is a Los Bros Hernandez double-feature! Both of these books collect stories from the hugely influential and tremendously important Love & Rockets comic series and their connected spin-offs. High Soft Lisp collects Gilbert's Luba-related stories, but it also functions as a stand alone graphic novel (which can be immensely helpful for those looking for an entry point into the vast and complicated Love & Rockets universe). Penny Century collects more of Jaime's “Locas” stories, complete with female wrestlers and his beloved characters Maggie and Hopey.


It Was The War Of The Trenches
by Jacques Tardi

In the mood for a good war story? Jacques Tardi's WWI graphic novel has been compared to All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms. This is the first time this story appears in its entirety in English and is a stunning, both visually and story-wise, depiction of a horrible endeavor undertaken by men whose patriotism had been exploited by others. Tardi’s work here is just heart-wrenching.


Questions, concerns, comments or gripes – e-mail benn@atomicbooks.com. If there’s a comic I should know about, send it my way at Atomic, c/o Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.

Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books blog
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Said What?


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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